Teens get a taste of working at McDonald’s
- Published on Tuesday 5 July, 2016
- 1 min. read
L – R: Linda Munro, RTO Manager – McDonald’s QLD/NT; Gabby Sichter – Work Inspiration participant; Taylor Pamenter – Work Inspiration participant.
McDonald’s is inviting Queensland high school students to take part in tailored workshops that aim to give disadvantaged youth the support and confidence they need to successfully transition into employment.
The Work Inspiration program is being rolled out across Queensland in partnership with The Smith Family children’s education charity. Through the program, McDonald’s restaurants in Cairns, Townsville, Mackay, Brisbane and the Gold Coast sponsor local training workshops to help local teenagers build their career and discover training and employment pathways.
The events have been sponsored by each region’s local McDonald’s licensees, who have helped source the workshop venues, supplied guest speakers and provided ongoing employment opportunities to some participants, who have been signed into traineeships by MEGT.
“As local business owners, it is rewarding to be able to give back to the community by helping our local students gain meaningful work experience,” McDonald’s Mackay licensee Nicole Ramsey said.
McDonald’s RTO manager for Queensland, Linda Munro, said the workshops are about opening doors for young people to reach their full potential.
“The students have been really engaged, they have been getting involved in the activities and I think they have enjoyed being out of the classroom and learning in a different environment,” she said.
Mackay State High School student Taylor Pamenter found the program beneficial.
“The program has inspired me and I think it’s great,” Taylor said.
“I’ve learnt about my strengths and weaknesses and my personality type to help me choose my career path.”